Summertime

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Middle-aged Ohio secretary Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) has never found love and has nearly resigned herself to spending the rest of her life alone. But before she does, she uses her savings to finance a summer in romantic Venice, where she finally meets the man of her dreams, the elegant Renato Di Rossi (Rossano Brazzi). But when she learns that her new paramour is leading a double life, she must decide whether her happiness can come at the expense of others.

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Rossano Brazzi
Renato de Rossi
Darren McGavin
Eddie Yaeger
Isa Miranda
Signora Fiorini
Mari Aldon
Phyl Yaeger
Jane Rose
Mrs. McIlhenny
MacDonald Parke
Mr. McIlhenny
Andre Morell
Englishman
Jeremy Spenser
Vito de Rossi
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Critic Reviews for Summertime

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Audience Reviews for Summertime

  • Apr 19, 2016
    Katherine Hepburn plays Jane Hudson, an American who takes her first trip to Venice, Italy, in the 1955 David Lean film "Summertime." Hudson has a modest job in Akron, Ohio, and she tells everyone who will listen that she's saved up for years. Upon arriving in the city she meets several Americans and spends time with them getting to know the city, but when they go their separate ways as couples, Hudson starts to feel lonliness. Hudson then meets a charming Venetian antiques dealer in a shop named Renalto (Rossano Brazzi) and they begin a romance that lasts the remainder of her stay in Venice. The film was shot entirely on location in the city of Venice and the postcard like scenes are capitivating. Jack Hildyard would go on to work with Lean on "The Bridge on the River Kwai" in 1957 and in many ways this is an epic romance that would pave the way for the many films that would follow.
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  • Apr 17, 2014
    Katharine Hepburn's trip abroad is far more eye opening and fulfilling to watch than any eating, drinking and praying that Julia Roberts does in later years. Her sense of romance rekindled in Venice is a joy to watch.
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  • Apr 25, 2008
    On the surface this is a romance with old maid Katharine Hepburn falling in love in Venice with a few twists and turns, however, under the superb direction of David Lean, the city of Venice actually becomes a character in the film. The exquisite cinematography makes you feel as if you have actually visited the city. A wonderful film going experience. A big screen delight.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2007
    started off really well with katharine acting really strongly. the strongest i've seen her since philadelphia story. there was beautiful scenery and cinematography. once it got about a third of the way through though it started to go downhill. it didn't make it bad. it just came out of the realms of greatness and into averageness
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